Aarhus Airport sets record in the first six months of 2023


The traffic figures for the first half of the year at Aarhus Airport are breaking all records. During the first six months of 2023, there has been an increase of 18.5 percent in the number of international guests passing through the terminal compared to the first half of 2019.

The first six months of the year have flown by at Aarhus Airport with passenger numbers reaching new heights. The traffic figures for international travelers continue to experience explosive growth, surpassing all previous records. In June alone, the passenger numbers for travelers to international destinations showed an increase of 43 percent compared to the same period in 2019. The total number of passengers in June, amounting to 55,865 guests, also represents a 15 percent increase compared to June 2019.

“The positive passenger numbers underscore that Aarhus Airport has firmly established itself as an international airport. The number of both vacationers and business travelers using the airport is rapidly increasing, aligning with our ambition to be the preferred airport for the eastern Jutland region. We especially feel the growing support from internationally oriented companies in the region. This reflects the fact that Aarhus, as Denmark’s second-largest growth center, needs a nearby airport,” says Lotta Sandsgaard, CEO of Aarhus Airport.

In June, it is the charter destinations led by Århus Charter, Spies, and Sunweb that attract the Danish travelers. Spies has just launched a summer program to Mallorca, and they have also included Gran Canaria in the winter program. Additionally, Ryanair’s sunny and city destinations such as Faro, Malaga, Mallorca, and London are experiencing high demand, and the SAS route attracts guests who use Copenhagen as a hub to travel further around the world.

“The summer sun routes are almost fully booked, and there is a high holiday atmosphere in the terminal. Guests have warmly received the new Skylounge, which is not reserved exclusively for guests with special gold cards. Children are having a blast in the airport’s free play zone, and there is extensive shopping in the new large duty-free shop,” continues Lotta Sandsgaard.

The traffic to Aarhus also plays a significant role in the upward trend of the half-year passenger figures.

“Aarhus Airport is the destination airport for Denmark’s second city, and the traffic figures reflect the potential that comes with being located only a 35-minute drive from a major city. Aarhus has positioned itself as a strong destination on the global map, and we strongly believe that Aarhus Airport is the natural gateway to a visit in the Aarhus region. This applies to Norwegian, Swedish, English, and other European nationalities,” concludes Lotta Sandsgaard.

The next new route at Aarhus Airport will be the only direct flight connection from Denmark to Gotland. It will be operated by the Swedish airline BRA, Braathens Regional Airline, and is a summer route to the Swedish holiday haven of Visby. The new route to the UNESCO city will take off twice a week starting from Monday, July 3rd.